Pale Waves embark on UK tour this week

Manchester based indie rockers Pale Waves are crashing back onto the UK scene after a summer of main stage festival slots and supporting 5 Seconds Of Summer’s massive US tour, Manchester based indie rockers, Pale Waves are back with a new tour this week.

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Manchester based indie rockers, Pale Waves are crashing back onto the UK scene after a summer of main stage festival slots and supporting 5 Seconds Of Summer’s massive US tour.

If you missed out on seeing Pale Waves at Vinilo Records in Southampton this summer, their headline tour started in Newcastle on November 24 and through sold out performances, will make its way to Brixton Academy on Wednesday, November 30 for the final date, with support throughout by TikTok sensation Abby Roberts. 

This follows the release of their latest album, Unwanted released on August 12, 2022, which brought a raw British take to the classic American pop punk sound, with themes best described by the band as the feeling of the purgative scream at the end of a years-long inhalation.  

The powerful follow up album to 2021’s Who Am I? camefive years after their first single, but carries a fresh breath into a much older punky sound, reminiscent of the blissful late 90’s to early 2000’s.

Lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie described the record as an 'In your face embrace of darker frustrations.' Explaining that Unwanted stems from the tiredness faced trying to be the perfect person and surrendering that allowed for  'bigger, bolder, unapologetic sounds,'  that Pale Waves are vividly embracing.  

On the direction of newer material Baron-Gracie expresses her thrill in reclaiming emotions; “Before I didn’t feel ready to be an angry woman, but now I can and I’m proud of that”.

Delving into the lyrics, themes of frustrations at mistreatment, and acceptance of self identity reoccur throughout the album, set to powerful guitar riffs courtesy of bandmate Hugo Silvani. From the pop punk inspired tracks Unwanted, and Only Problem, to fan favourite, true to their roots Alone, to the slower yet consistently angsty sounds of The Hard Way.

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